CfP: Understanding Childhood and Construction of National Identities in Central and Eastern Europe from 18th Century until the Beginning of the 2nd World War (Event, 01/2021, Vilnius); by: 30.06.2020

Branch Office Vilnius of the German Historical Institute Warsaw – Außenstelle Vilnius des DHI Warschau, Vilnius, Litauen (Web)

Venue: Vilnius, Litauen
Time: 20.-21.01.2021
Proposals by: 30.06.2020

The notion of childhood is a socio-historical construction, as it is might be seen differently not only in various cultures but also experienced differently within the same society. Even the definition of who is a child has changed over time, revealing fluctuations of childhood periodization. Therefore, the understanding of childhood is always in the process and its notion might be constantly shifting. French historian Philippe Ariès designated the birth of modern conception of childhood in Western countries in the long eighteenth century, even though he was criticized for overseeing many sources revealing the perceptions of childhood in medieval society.

In this period, children commenced to be separated from the adults and were gradually turned into the objects of new state policies. Nevertheless, it was only in the nineteenth century when childhood became universalized and was inscribed as an important element in the development of nation states and their future. Consequently, children had to be socialized not only within the context of their families and communities, but they had likewise to become part of a national narrative.

Nonetheless, the majority of scholarly research related to the childhood and its history in this period focuses on Western European countries, while the childhood and children experiences in Central and Eastern Europe remain a largely underinvestigated topic. To better illuminate this issue, this conference aims to assemble scholars, who work on the history of childhood in Central and Eastern Europe, to present their current research findings in this field. Read more and source … (Web).